Summer in Buffalo brings many family-friendly events and activities and one of the most popular events is just around the corner.

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National Night Out, the national community, and police partnership event, happens every year on the first Tuesday in August in neighborhoods and communities across the country. Here in Buffalo, the Community Action Organization of Western New York is sponsoring a National Night Out event at the Pratt-Willert Community Center on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

The Pratt-Willert Community Center is located at 422 Pratt Street, between Genesee Street and Sycamore Street, and is just outside of downtown Buffalo. The free family-orientated event will run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will feature food and entertainment for the entire family.

On hand will be representatives from the Buffalo Police Department, The Buffalo Fire Department, and the Buffalo Employment and Training Center. The CAO Mobile Market will be on-site, along with FeedMore WNY.

According to Wikipedia, National Night Out has occurred annually since 1984 in neighborhoods across the United States of America. Initially sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States, the events are designed to increase knowledge about law enforcement programs like drug prevention, neighborhood, and other crime prevention plans. It started with neighbors just turning on their porch lights and sitting outside at night. Now the event has grown to include more than 38 million residents in more than 16,000 communities.

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